Histories, Cultures, and Contributions of Hispanic Americans
To help teachers and their students celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15–October 15), ¡Colorín Colorado! featuresfree research-based information, resources, and tools for teaching English language learners (ELLs). Created in partnership with Reading Rockets and the American Federation of Teachers, this one-stop shop includes information about Latino cultures and values; strategies for assessing and placing ELLs; best instructional practices for teaching vocabulary, reading, and content areas; and author interviews and other engaging videos. ¡Colorín Colorado!also offers T.ELL.E-GRAM, an enewsletter especially for educators, as well as a Teacher Sampler Pack with ready-to-use assessment and reading checklists, and progress forms. In addition to the many resources ready to download for use in the classroom, ¡Colorín Colorado! providesReaching Out to Hispanic Parents of ELLs, a toolkit with workshop ideas, handouts, and bilingual video components to involve Hispanic parents in the classroom; and El Boletín Informativo, a Spanish-language newsletter for parents. Educators can also join the organization’s freeprofessional development webcasts on teaching ELLs, anytime. The ¡Colorín Colorado! website is accessible in English and Spanish.
Each month we publish blogs and newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in January.
Facing History and Ourselves offers a teaching idea that uses images to help students connect emotionally to the experiences of individuals and groups who choose or are forced to leave their homelands and who place their wellbeing and safety into the hands of others.
New York Times Student Journeys offers educational travel programs for middle school and high school students. The programs focus on destinations The Times has covered, where students can benefit from an insider’s view as they explore themes and topics associated with The Times coverage of local issues.